Bowl action has picked up as of late, thanks to games like the Chick-fil-A bowl, but these less noteworthy bowls have nothing on the action about to unfold during the BCS slate.
Sure, Johnny Manziel's epic performance as he led No. 21 Texas A&M over No. 24 Duke was thrilling, but the two sides were left out of BCS action for a reason.
The big boys are in play for the season's final marquee events, and two games rise above the rest as contests fans would be wise to work their schedule around.
|Bowl||Teams||Date||Time (ET)||TV||Live Stream||Predicted Winner|
|Rose Bowl Game presented by VIZIO||Michigan St. vs. Stanford||Jan. 1||5 p.m.||ESPN||WatchESPN||Michigan St.|
|Tostitos Fiesta||Baylor vs. UCF||Jan. 1||8:30 p.m.||ESPN||WatchESPN||Baylor|
|Allstate Sugar||Alabama vs. Oklahoma||Jan. 2||8:30 p.m.||ESPN||WatchESPN||Alabama|
|Discover Orange||Clemson vs. Ohio St.||Jan. 3||TBD||ESPN||WatchESPN||Ohio St.|
|VIZIO BCS National Championship||Florida St. vs. Auburn||Jan. 6||8:30 p.m.||ESPN||WatchESPN||Florida St.|
Orange Bowl: No. 12 Clemson Tigers vs. No. 7 Ohio State Buckeyes
Fans that love the high-flying offense the collegiate game is known for should look no further than the Orange Bowl between Clemson and Ohio State to fulfill their need.
Tigers senior quarterback Tajh Boyd (3,473 passing yards and 29 scores) will square off with the Buckeyes' Braxton Miller (1,860 passing yards, 1,033 rushing and 32 total scores) in a prolific matchup featuring two of the nation's top offenses.
So yes, both offenses are evenly matched, as Clemson defensive coordinator Brent Venables was not thrilled to point out, as captured by ESPN:
Clemson DC Brent Venables on possible shootout: "I don't like that. ... You take offense to that."— ESPN Big Ten (@ESPN_BigTen) December 31, 2013
Venables, on similarities between Clemson, Ohio State and spread offenses everywhere: "it's like these guys all went to the same retreat."— ESPN Big Ten (@ESPN_BigTen) December 31, 2013
Ohio State ranks No. 3 in the nation with an average of 46.3 points scored; Clemson No. 9 at 40.2. The Tigers are attempting to shake off the memories of the last time they played in the Orange Bowl—when the 2012 edition saw West Virginia paste Clemson, 70-33.
Ohio State is simply looking to right the ship, as the school has gone 2-4 in its last six bowl appearances—including two losses in title games.
In a game sure to turn into a shootout, this is easily the most unpredictable game of all. Translation—a must-watch for fans.
Prediction: Buckeyes 38, Tigers 20
BCS National Championship: No. 1 Florida State Seminoles vs. No. 2 Auburn Tigers
The BCS did right by fans this year.
Florida State and Auburn were simply made to play each other in 2013. The undefeated Seminoles tout Heisman winner Jameis Winston, who threw for 3,820 yards and 38 touchdowns to 10 interceptions on the year.
Auburn was arguably the best underdog story of year—the Tigers won nine straight and pulled off perhaps the most memorable play in college football history to upset Alabama in the Iron Bowl.
The Tigers certainly pack a punch on the ground, as they average 335.7 yards per game for the nation's top attack. Together, quarterback Nick Marshall and running back Tre Mason totaled 2,644 yards and 33 touchdowns.
As prolific as Auburn has been this season, the team will need to be at its best to overcome the nation's No. 2 offense, which scores an average of 53 points per game. Even Auburn alum Charles Barkley is not comfortable with his team's chances, as he told NFL Network's Rich Eisen:
This one has the feel of a heavyweight bout that will come down to the final possession. The fans are the real winners as the BCS fades to black.
Prediction: Seminoles 49, Tigers 34